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Saiyami Kher reveals she played badminton against Saina Nehwal, was in the cricket team too

Actor Saiyami Kher played national-level badminton and was also a part of a cricket team before starting her career in showbiz.

bollywood Updated: Dec 16, 2017 18:19 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
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Actor Saiyami Kher wants to do a sports biopic in Bollywood.(Instagram/saiyami)

Saiyami Kher was a total sports freak before she became a model and an actor. She used to play badminton in her school and college days at the national level. She also played cricket and was a part of the Maharashtra State team. She says that her sports background has been one of the main reasons behind her being a fitness enthusiast.

“Being a foodie I am not particular about my diet, but I never overeat. Also, I make sure that I run. I usually run 10 km and on days when I feel I need to work out more, given the kind of food I had, I run about 15 km,” says the actor, adding, “While shooting for [Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s] Mirzya [2016] in Ladakh, I used to run to and from my hotel to the set. Exercise for me is not punishment because I have gorged on too much food. But I enjoy doing it to stay fit, and enjoy my food more.”

Talking about Mirzya, the actor is reminded of one incident that happened while shooting the film. “Kiran More (former cricketer) is the father of one of the assistant directors on the film. While visiting his daughter on the sets, he recognised me and complimented me on my fitness. He also told me that I just need two months of proper training to play for India,” she shares.

At a time when Bollywood is churning out a series of biopics and a lot of them are based on sports personalities, did Saiyami ever think of doing any of them? “Yes, I would love to and hope to do something around sports soon. There are films [being made] on Saina [Nehawal], Mithali Raj, etc.and I feel I could do justice to them, given my skills. I had even played opposite Saina during a Junior National tournament, and she smashed the living daylights out of me (laughs). I am still in touch with her,” adds the 25-year-old.

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First Published: Dec 16, 2017 18:19 IST